Weekly Update - January 19, 2017
In this update:

A letter from Mrs. Maxwell.
Get geared up to cheer on the Blues Basketball teams during Catholic Schools Week!

Are your kids wondering about what they can wear during Catholic Schools Week?
Did you get your Blues and White Ball tickets yet? Purchase tickets online.

St. Mike's is partnering with Fresh Thyme again for a Food Drive. Volunteers still needed!
Enrollment for School Year 2017-18 begins February 1st!
Student volunteers needed for the Catholic school masses next weekend! 
Precioustatus honors Mrs. Morgan!
Meet Ms. Kaczmarek, our second grade teacher.
St. Mike's welcomes Mrs. Woods back as a long-term sub!

Looking for an activity for your children for early release at the end of the month? They can join Adventures Plus at The Works Museum and the Tropics Indoor Waterpark and Playground.

Read more about a job opportunity with Adventures Plus.

Help us spread the word about an exciting offer for next year's Kindergarten class and new families .
Target grants the Target Field Trip Grant for the third consecutive year!
Looking for something to do after school?  Why not try Spanish?

Considering Catholic High School? Parents, this event is for you.

Upcoming dates  you should be aware of. 

laurieFrom the Principal's Desk

Dear School Families,
I wanted to take a moment to inform you we have found a long-term substitute who will be taking on Ms. Kaczmarek's position of work with individual and groups of students giving students the added support and enrichment that is needed, along with teaching the 6th grade strategies class. Mrs. Woods will be subbing for the rest of the school year. Last year, Mrs. Woods taught 6th grade Language Arts, strategies and religion classes here at St. Michael. In fact, a number of years ago she teamed up with other strategies teachers and administration to review and make positive changes to our strategies program. Mrs. Woods' passion is working with students who struggle with organization and special education students. We are excited to have her back at St. Michael teaching.


Laurie Maxwell

 woodsWelcome back, Mrs. Woods!

I cannot express how excited I am to be back at St. Mike's working with such amazing kids, families, and staff, while I fill in as a long-term sub for Ms. Kaczmarek for the remainder of the school year.
I received the most amazing outpouring of love from the kids and staff when I came to school to sub on Wednesday , and I felt like I was "home" again. I am also excited to have the opportunity in this position to work with students from kindergarten to eighth grade and to have the opportunity to help and provide support to many kids.
My ten years of teaching experience include four years at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Edina and six years at St. Mike's. I have a Minnesota teaching license in Elementary Education and Middle School English-Language Arts. I also have a Master of Arts in Special Education degree and recently completed a K-12 Special Education licensure program.
I have spent much time in prayer, and I know that God has opened this door for me, and I am so honored to walk through it and to serve Him.

See you in the halls,
Mrs. Woods

ballThe Blues & White Ball presents:  Denim, Disco, and Diamonds

Online Ticketing is LIVE! 

Saturday, February 4, 2017
The Wilds Golf Club

Wondering how you can help?
Help us Stuff the YETI Cooler: donate  gift cards, wine, spirits, beer or you choose to make this the best LIVE auction item!  Donations can be dropped at the school office. You can also purchase items at Viking Liquor and Village Liquor and they will hold the items for the committee to pick up before the event.

Become an event sponsor: Contact Beth Gassen at bbmack@mac.com or Lynn Loehr at lynnloehr@hotmail.com

Donate to the silent or live auction: Sporting event tickets, vacation rentals, and more make great auction items. Contact Maggie Stack at mmstack4@gmail.com.
CSW2017Catholic Schools Week is January 29 - February 4

Our teachers are busy preparing for Catholic Schools Week, we thought we would give you a preview of the dress-up days so you can begin planning.

Monday- Blue and White/Spirit Day
Tuesday- 70's Day
Wednesday- Dress Your Best in Red, White and Blue- no hair color or face paint
Thursday- Comfy Day (No pajamas)
Friday- Homeroom Choice!

Monday, January 30th, we will celebrate the life of
Emily Kostik during the basketball games.
All proceeds from Fong's concessions go to the
Ronald McDonald House.


January 30 


January 31 


February 1 


February 2 


February 3 

Walking Tacos/Hot Dogs/Nachos
Carbone's Pizza/Hot Dogs/Nachos
Walking Tacos/Hot Dogs/Nachos
No Games!

4:30 pm

6th grade boys

St Mike's White vs Blessed Trinity 

4:30 pm

4th grade girls

St. Mike's vs Chapel Hill

4:30 pm

7th grade boys

St Mike's Blues vs



4:30 pm

5th grade boys

St Mike's vs Guardian Angels 

5:45 pm

8th grade boys

St Mike's Blue/Gold vs Chapel Hill 

5:45 pm

5th grade girls

St Mike's vs
Chapel Hill

5:45 pm

7th grade boys

St Mike's White vs St. Hubert's 

5:45 pm

4th grade boys

St Mike's vs Chapel Hill 

7:00 pm  

8th grade boys

St Mike's White vs BSM

7:00 pm

8th grade girls

St Mike's Blue/Gold vs Carondelet Gold 

7:00 pm

8th grade girls

St. Mike's Blue/Gold vs Carondelet Green 

7:00 pm

6th grade girls

St Mike's vs Chapel Hill 

8:15 pm

6th grade boys

St Mike's Blue vs All Saints 

 massesStudents Needed!
Mrs. Maxwell is looking for students to volunteer during the Catholic school masses on January 28 and 29.  If your student is interested, have them stop by the school office tomorrow morning, Friday, January  20th. 
freshFresh Thyme Food Drive

St. Michael Catholic School students and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in Savage are partnering to host a January  food  drive .  
Students will be collecting food donations, and all donations will be delivered to the CAP Agency in Shakopee.  The  food   drive  will be held on Sunday, January 22  from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in Savage (14100 Hwy. 13 South; located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Hwy. 13 and CR 42).  Student volunteers are needed that day to help collect donations.  This is a great opportunity for our students to be active in the community just ahead of Catholic Schools Week.  

Please follow this link to sign up for a 90-minute volunteer shift: 

 enrollmentEnrollment for '17-'18 school year begins on February 1st.

Families, please note that you will soon be asked to complete the steps necessary for updating information and enrolling your child(ren) for the 2017-2018 school year.  Watch for detailed instructions to come your way.  

For families with 3-5 year old children, attending our Faithful Beginnings preschool, this will also be your opportunity to select preferences for days of the week as well as half-day/full-day options.  We look forward to the many familiar faces and new students that will fill our classrooms next year!     

tuitionExciting Offer for Kindergarten and New Families

We shared in a previous update that we are experiencing a high level of interest in our Kindergarten program. We are also receiving many inquiries from families with older students looking for a new school environment. In order to be proactive in our staffing and budgeting for next school year, we have opened 2017-2018 pre-registration for Kindergarten and new families. Submitting a registration form and fee before January 31 will secure future Blues a spot in our school and lock in 2016-2017 tuition rates.  

Please help us spread the word to families you know that are considering St. Michael for their children.

 PrecioustatusBecause of her Parent Communication and Engagement, Mrs. Morgan is in the Top 150 Teachers across the US.

Kirsten sent 147 updates in the past month (this includes the holiday break as well) and ranked among the top 150 teachers nationally for her engagement of parents reviewing, 'loving', hitting "got it" and reviews by parents.

As a result of this accomplishment, we have received Kirsten's parent feedback and it is outstanding as well.  In the attachment, you will find her parents' responsiveness to her daily talents, work ethic, and dedication to every single child winning.

  kaczmarek Meet Ms. Kaczmarek - 2nd grade teacher

Come meet me on Monday evening, January 23rd!!  I will be available in my classroom from 5 - 6:30 to meet with you and your child.  You can visit the classroom, set up a volunteer calendar, get background information and I can answer any questions/concerns you may have.

 targetThank you, Target!

Mrs. Morgan, 7th grade Language Arts teacher, has been selected for the third consecutive year, as the recipient of this year's Target Field Trip Grant in the amount of $700! These funds will allow the 7th grade students to attend the Diary of A Young Girl, by Anne Frank, the play, at the Park Square Theatre in St. Paul in May at no cost, when they study the cross-curricular Language Arts and social studies Holocaust unit with Mr. Olson. Congratulations, Mrs. Morgan!

  spanishSpanish Classes

Looking for something to do After-School? Why not try SPANISH?!
Your child can get ahead with this exciting 8-week class held right at school. This upcoming session, ¡Vamos a Explorar!  (Let's Explore!) will include practical travel vocabulary and important conversation elements like how to barter at a market and order at a restaurant. Futura's interactive, dynamic style will get students speaking "REAL WORLD" Spanish before you know it! Register today to reserve your student's spot! ¡Vámonos! www.FuturaAdventures.com

advplusWhat are your kids doing on staff workshop days ?

Explore and create with Adventures Plus at The Works

$35 per child includes the bus and admission.
Ages 4 and above
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Bus departs St. Michael School at 1:00 pm and return by 4:00 p.m.
Registration form can be faxed to 952-447-2132 or emailed to julieherbst@saintmpl.org

Get Out of the Cold & Enjoy a Day in the Tropics with  Adventures Plus at the  Tropics Indoor Water Park & Playground

Experience a tropical themed waterpark  with activities designed for a ll ages.  Enjoy Shipwreck Beach, their  zero-depth play area that features tons of water fun or the main pool area filled with activities! Riders of their three-story "Shark Attack" water slide will experience a  one-of-a-kind jukebox experience! We'll  end the afternoon exploring the Tropical Playground! 

$40 per child includes the bus and admission.
Ages 4 and above
Friday, January 27, 2017
Bus departs St. Michael School at 1:00 pm and return by 5:00 p.m.
Registration form can be faxed to 952-447-2132 or emailed to julieherbst@saintmpl.org

jobAdventures Plus Job Opportunity

After school and summer care Specialist needed to work Monday - Friday all year long.  Hours and times to be determined due to varying program enrollment and academic calendar.  In addition, the Specialist would work with the Director to create a strong program year round that meets the needs of the students and families.  Candidate will provide guidance, support, and encouragement to keep students engaged in activities while maintaining a clean and safe environment.  Regular program hours are 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. Monday - Friday during the school year.  The summer program hours are 7:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Monday - Friday.  Candidate will also be in charge of staff when the Director is not available.

  Read the full description.
calendarUpcoming Events

January 26
Early Release
January 27
No School / Staff In-Service
January 28/29
Catholic Schools Week Mass
January 29 - February 4

Catholic Schools Week
February 4
5:00 p.m. - midnight

Blues & White Ball presents:

Denim, Disco or Diamonds

The Wilds Golf Club 

February 9
6:30 p.m.

School Advisory Council


February 10
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Valentine's Dance (grades 6-8)
You can view the entire school calendar here.
highschoolCatholic High School Information

Academy of Holy Angels:
Saturday,  January 21 - Placement Exam, Financial Assistance Workshop and First Round Application Deadline

Holy Family Catholic School:
Holy Family Catholic High School Winter Open House - February 2, 2017
Learn more about Holy Family Catholic High School's commitment to preparing students for college and helping them reach their full potential as moral and ethical leaders of the future. The evening begins with an activities fair from 6:30 to 7 p.m. followed by presentations about our college prep process, financial aid, and Holy Family curriculum. Register for our February 2 open house at 

One-Act Play Performance at Holy Family Catholic High School- 01/26/2017
Families are invited to attend Holy Family Catholic High School 's one-act play performance on Thursday,  January 26, of "You're Driving Me Crazy," a collection of four 10-minute comedies taking a hilarious look at the world of the teenage rite of passage- learning to drive.  Performance begins at 7 pm and admission is free.  SPECIAL INVITE for students in grades 5-8: Join us for a post-performance reception to meet HF's director of theater arts, Anna Olson, along with the cast and crew. Please RSVP for the reception at  hfchs.org/RSVP.  (No RSVP or ticket required for the performance.)

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